Works Ballet Fancy Free (1944)


Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins first collaborated in the mid-1940s on the instantly popular ballet Fancy Free, commissioned by American Ballet Theatre. First performed on April 18, 1944, this work, a piece about three sailors on shore-leave in New York City, served as inspiration for their next endeavor, the smash hit Broadway musical On The Town, which was a critical success and launched a long-lasting creative partnership between Bernstein and Robbins.

*Music By Leonard Bernstein. ©1950, renewed
Ruth Mense, piano
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Leonard Bernstein.
℗1979 Polydor International GmbH, Hamburg. 423 583-2

Related Works
On the Town


Choreography by Jerome Robbins
Commissioned by the American Ballet Theatre

(1944) 27 min
World Premiere:
April 18, 1944. Metropolitan Opera House, New York, NY, United States | Ballet Theatre Orchestra / Leonard Bernstein, conductor
Version Notes
*Only the original choreography by Jerome Robbins is permitted for performance.


Three Dance Variations from Fancy Free
(1944) 7 min
for orchestra

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Bernstein's Blues (a suite of four songs arranged for voice and orchestra)
(arr. 2003) 14 min
for voice and orchestra
arr. by Sid Ramin
includes "Ain't Got No Tears Left" and "Lonely Me" (1940s, cut from On the Town), as well as "Screwed On Wrong" (1980) and "Big Stuff" (1944, from Fancy Free)

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